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By RFME Flat Track

Ferran Cardús wins Spanish Flat Track title

Spaniard confirmed as first ever Champion in the series

Tags 2016

The season ended a little early for the first year of the RFME Copa de España de FlatTrack after the cancelation of the final race - due to circumstances beyond the control of the promoters - and sadly, no acceptable alternative could be found on such short notice. Ferran Cardus is therefore the first Champion in the new Cup, and Franc Serra (Honda ART) - the only rider with a mathematical option of taking the title from Cardus after six races - was runner-up, just ahead off former 125 World Champion Nico Terol (Honda NicoGas).

Four riders scored wins over the season: Brad Baker and Cardús both took two wins, while Serra and Terol had a win apiece. Baker´s wins came in the opening round at Valencia I; the American from Washington winning both on the quarter-mile and TT tracks. Terol´s win came on the Madrid quarter mile. Next came the Rancho Canudas double-header, with Serra taking victory in the quarter mile and Cardus winning the TT. The final race of the season, Valencia II, ended with a podium that reflected the final points standings with a win for Cardús - his second - over Serra and Terol.

Gerard Bailo (Suzuki Català) was fourth in the points table ahead of Baker (NoyesCamp Kawasaki), Guillermo Cano (ESR Bikes), Adrián Garín (Honda ART) and Oliver Brindley (NoyesCamp Kawasaki). Only eleven points separated fourth from eighth - an incredible example of the close racing in this first year of the RFME Flat Track Cup.
 
Master and Rookies

Guillermo Cano (ERS Honda) and Ferran Sastre (Kawasaki Noyes Camp) took the titles in the Master and Rookie categories respectively. Both champions put together a season of wins and podiums and both clinched their titles in the penultimate race of the season (Valencia II).

Runner-up in Master was Vicent Navarro (Suzuki Grau) with Lluís Massana (KTM Parcerisas) third. Runner-up in Rookies was Genis Gelada (Coward/Supermotard Kit) with Marc Capdevila (KTM Parcerisas) third.

About the Championship

The RFME Spanish Flat Track Cup is the first national Flat Track series run in Spain. The calendar included five tracks and seven races. Events were held in Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia. For the first time this most American form of motorsport was featured not as an individual event but as a season-long series. On Track Motorsports (Barcelona, Spain) and American Flat Track (Daytona Florida) were in close contact over the season and the American promoters mentored their Spanish counterparts. The rules for the RFME series closely follow the American series and both championships use 19 inch wheels with Dunlop as the official provider. More information is available at Flattrack.org.